An upcoming exhibit at Jewish Museum Milwaukee includes limited-edition print of posters displayed in an art exhibit preceding President Obama’s first inauguration. That inauguration exhibit, held at a Georgetown gallery in Washington D.C., was called “Manifest Hope: DC.”
The images in the exhibit have also been used on posters at protests in France, Turkey, Greece, Israel and the U.S.
“Luba Lukova: Designing Justice” is an exhibit of 33 poster prints that use metaphors to express commentary on social issues. Lukova explores issues like inequality, corruption and access to healthcare.
“When you talk about posters, you think about the beginnings of protest or social justice,” Curator Molly Dubin said. “It’s something that as a medium so many more people can relate to.”
The exhibit will be available as both a virtual tour and in-person. To accommodate social distancing, just 10 in-person tickets are available every half hour. No more than 25 visitors are allowed in the building at any given time.
The exhibit’s virtual grand opening is Sept. 16. Visit JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org for more information.
In a related virtual program, students will have the opportunity to learn about Lukova, what it means to use art as a platform for social justice, and how these ideas relate to Jewish values. Students will then create their own art, which will eventually become part of an online exhibit, Education Director Ellie Gettinger said.
The program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tribute to Bob Dylan
A concurrent art installation, “Shakespeare’s in the Alley: A Tribute to Bob Dylan,” consists of fabric banners suspended from the ceiling with Bob Dylan lyrics stenciled on by hand.
The Door County artist, who goes by Skye, was inspired to create the piece after watching a documentary about Bob Dylan. Many of the lyrics displayed focus on Dylan’s social justice impact.
“So many of the issues that were at the forefront in the ’60s and the counterculture movement are things that we’re still grappling with today,” Dubin said.
Gettinger said the theme of social justice communicated through art upholds the Jewish value of tikkun olam.
“We’re always looking at ways of building bridges between Jewish experiences and making those salient to broad audiences,” Gettinger said.